It's one thing to hear music on a compact disc and it's something entirely different to hear it performed live.
So the members of the Central Union High School Jazz Ensemble learned Saturday when the group attended the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra performance in Escondido.
The LCJO, featuring trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, is on a 46-city tour performing selections from throughout the history of jazz with an emphasis on John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and original works.
"It's just so phenomenal to hear them play," said Central band director Renee Baker, who also attended.
"It inspires you, but it scares you," she said, adding to hear the music performed so well was an indication of how far she and her band still have to go before reaching the level at which the LCJO performs.